in Landscape Architecture have shown that our
surroundings can powerfully influence our behavior, and so through this
thesis I seek to bring about healthful behavioral change through
interventions in the built environment. The site where I propose these
environmental interventions is The Holy Child Program, in the
West Bank, Palestine, a program aimed at educating young
people with emotional and behavioral difficulties. I propose a site design and implementation
that is holistic in a way that suits the gravity of life in this region.
The framework is Permaculture, and it focuses efforts on collaboration
with the land, pairing human ingenuity with existing resources to draw
abundance from the land. My assertion is that active engagement with natural processes
will help bring healing, respite, and delight to the Holy Child Program
community, through the act of observing and working with natural cycles.